Palm Springs is a desert oasis which offers something for everyone. Palm Springs is only two hours drive from Los Angeles and has long been a popular getaway for Californians as well as gay men from all over the US.
There is a very large gay population here. You will find every possible type of guy here. There are many gay bars and even more gay resorts ranging from clothing optional resorts where you can enjoy the sun at the poolside or something a little more sedate.
With more gay resorts than anyplace in the world Palm Springs has become one of the most welcoming year round destinations for fun in the sun.
Activities, apart from the gay ones, include desert hiking, biking in the nearby desert and mountain areas. Golf, tennis and the laid back atmosphere attracts visitors from around the world.
The city is also known for its mid-century modern architecture, design elements, and arts and cultural scene. Palm Springs is welcoming visitors to its new dynamic downtown with stylish hotels, new fashionable restaurants, new chic shops and boutiques, new fun entertainment venues.
The city became a fashionable resort in the 1900s when health tourists arrived with conditions that required dry heat. Because of the heat, however, the population dropped markedly in the summer months.
The Rat Pack lived, loved and played here…it doesn’t get any better than that. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball all built homes here (that you can now rent!), adding a touch of stardust.
Palm Springs, California lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. Located approximately 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 140 miles northeast of San Diego, it’s an easy two hour drive. The permanent year-round population is about 45,000, and doubles during the winter season.
Climate and Geography
Palm Springs has more than 350 days of sunshine with less than 5 inches of rain. Winter temperatures average in the 70’s with nights in the mid-40’s. The dry desert heat of summer pushes daytime temperatures into the 100’s, which is enjoyed by sun seekers from around the globe.
The geography of Palm Springs is what creates the famed warm, dry climate. At 487 feet above sea level, Palm Springs is sheltered by the Little San Bernardino Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains on the south, and the San Jacinto Mountains to the west.
Playground for Celebrities
Several celebrities stayed and purchased hideaway homes in Palm Springs, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton, Bob Hope, Albert Einstein Bing Crosby, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, and Jack Benny. Several ladies were frequent visitors including Marilyn Monroe, Dinah Shore, Kitty Carlisle, Lily Tomlin, Elizabeth Taylor and Susan Sommers.
A new generation of Hollywood A-listers has succumbed to the lure of the desert and the relaxing privacy it offers. Palm Springs is being rediscovered by today’s Hollywood stars, especially during the Palm Springs International Film Festival held annually in January. Founded by then-mayor Sonny Bono, the star-studded events attracts celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Halle Barry, Leonard DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning and many more.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
Joshua Tree National Park
Palm Springs Celebrity Tours
Palm Springs Village Fest
Santiago Resort is a luxury getaway where men come to hit pause, be spoiled,
and rediscover the bliss of completely giving in to the moment.
A supreme resort hotel for gay men offering clothing-optional sunbathing and an extensive video library. Pool and jacuzzi, which have been the site of several porn films, are in use 24 hours.
The Hacienda Warm Sands
One of the top gay hotel resorts in the USA and one of the world’s most romantic resorts. 9 suites, 1 room. 2 pools – nude swim optional. Breakfast & Lunch. High staff/guest ratio.
El Mirasol Villas
Deluxe bungalows in a garden setting. 2 clothing optional pools, steam room and jacuzzi. 15 rooms with King beds, private bath/WC; some with kitchens and private poolside patios.
Triangle Inn Palm Springs
Nine beautiful private suites, plus a four bedroom house. Rated four Palms by Out & About. Clothing-optional gay resort. Mid-century Modern architecture. Caters to European clientele.
Tortuga del Sol
A warm and friendly gay hotel that is conveniently located to all attractions.
Escape Palm Springs
Clothing optional gay men’s resort in San Lorenzo area. Close walk to Downtown Palm Springs & Gay Nightlife. Airport pickup available.
Desert Paradise Resort Hotel
Rooms and suites with own bath/shower, sat-TV, phone, safe, king-beds, non-smoking. 15 free adult video channels. Saltwater pool, steam/dry sauna, lush gardens, continental Breakfast.
The largest clothing-optional resort in the desert with 3.5 acres of lush grounds. You will find waterfalls, play dungeon, a love grotto, the compound and more.
Popular video and dance bar in the heart of Gay Palm Springs.
Bar with full range of alcoholic beverages.
Great place to meet friends and make new ones as well as older locals. New branch in Puerto Vallarta.
Palm Springs’ friendliest Leather and Levi Cruise Bar. All are always welcome.
Ultra-chic dining in this gay owned and operated place to be. Located in an historic mid-century building in Palm Springs sophisticated Uptown Design District, Trio is lively and up beat all year round.
More Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Dance Clubs ……
Cinema Diverse in September is a film festival with long, short and documentary films on LGBTI topics.
Palm Springs Leather pride in October attracts the fetish community. Before and after the parties, you can also complete your own leather equipment at the big fetish market.
Palm Springs White Party attracts upwards of 30,000 attendees from around the globe and is considered one of the major circuit parties in the nation, if not the world. From famed pool parties to the over-the-top indoor main event to sanitarily sleazy after-hours gatherings and the iconic outdoor T-Dance with its fifteen-minute fireworks finale, White Party Palm Springs is a rite of passage for some and a beloved annual tradition for others.
Palm Springs Pride which will be held in early November, is the highlight of the queer calendar. For this reason, the entire inner city is transformed into a huge meeting place for a reunion with friends from all over the world. More than 125,000 guests are expected.
For more information about Palm Springs, go to www.visitpalmsprings.com